Spiritual Perception

Jesus was wont to speak by parables to the populace; for, as he said, "in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive." To-day Christian Science demands, as did Jesus, that man shall reach the Horeb height of spiritual vision and see things as they are in reality, and not as they seem to material sense. Christian Science promises that if man will look beyond the veil of sense testimony, he shall find the "pearl of great price;" he shall find health, peace, and life eternal. In point of fact, upon man's spiritual insight and understanding depends his hope of salvation from the bondage of sin, sickness, and death. "How much more should we seek to apprehend the spiritual ideas of God, than to dwell on the objects of sense!" says Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 510). What is it that prevents us from seeing the truth? what but the belief in a mortal or carnal mind, the blinding enemy of mankind, which the illuminating vision of Christian Science dispels in the same way as the darkness is dissipated by the rising sun.

When Mrs. Eddy discovered Christian Science, it was not a new creation any more than was Newton's discovery of the law of gravitation or Marconi's discovery of the law of wireless telegraphy. The truth she discovered or uncovered was always at the point of vision where she found it, but it required her spiritual insight to perceive it. It was there, but the human mind could not see it; it was expressed in the Bible and the Bible was accepted by the Christian people of the world as the word of God; nevertheless this age was without a seer or prophet until our Leader, through her purified and uplifted thought, pierced the veil of sense and beheld the light of Life, Truth, and Love, as the watchful shepherds of Bethlehem saw the light that flooded the hillside about them, out of which came the glad tidings of the birth of the Savior. In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 1) Mrs. Eddy says, "Goodness reveals another scene and another self seemingly rolled up in shades, but brought to light by the evolutions of advancing thought, whereby we discern the power of Truth and Love to heal the sick."

The Character of the Christ
December 20, 1919

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